To Go Splat

24 Aug
 

Or, Taking Time for Yourself and Your Photography

Many decades ago, I came up with a new verb phrase, “to go splat.” No, that does not mean to do a face plant into your dinner plate. For me, it is utterly relaxing. No work … at least for a bit. We all need time to recharge. There is a reason, my blogs have been infrequent this summer. Arnie and I are on the go all the time, and I don’t know about you, but I need to go splat once in a while.

Before I go on, the images in this blog are some of my all-time favorites, none of which was done in any of our workshops. They all came out of ideas I garnered while observing nature, leading trips in the wilderness, going to museums and looking at paintings, browsing through photography books, etc. that later translated into images. They have sold as fine-art prints, been exhibited in museums and exhibitions, and/or published in well-known publications.© 1985 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time, GMT-5.

With our house safely under the watch of our house-sitters, we take time in New Hampshire every year to go splat. We have an annual reunion each August of four childhood buddies and their “spice” (my plural for spouse). We enjoy the lake, one of the cleanest in the state, watch the loons, catch up, dine together each night, rotating among houses, play corn hole (a real game, please), charades, and often laugh ourselves silly until tears streak down our faces and our bellies hurt.© 1988 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time, GMT-5.

There is the old expression, “All work and no play makes John [we could each put our own names in here] a dull boy [girl/woman/man].© 2010 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time, GMT-5.

Sometimes in our workshops, Arnie will have our participants each find a spot they like and sit for 10-20 minutes, just Continue reading 

Summertime Maine, Days 04-05

8 Aug
 

Summertime Maine, Days 04-05

Final Days

On our next-to-last morning, we travel down the other side of our peninsula to yet another harbor I sailed into as a youngster. This area containes both pleasure and working boats, and there is plenty to photograph. We scatter, everyone seeking her or his own vision. Sometimes whimsy catches my eye. This one really tickles my funny bone.© 2015 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time. data-recalc-dims=

As I look into the bright light, these lines (nautical for ropes) and the less-common type of snap hook catch my attention. For me, the sun’s reflection gives credence to the glow behind the lines.© 2015 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usag, oe and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time. data-recalc-dims=

We have a lovely visit with our friend Homer. I always enjoy visiting his place and seeing the imaginative things he puts together. This strikes me as another wonderful piece of whimsy.© 2015 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time.

It is time to head over to another of our favorite lighthouses, but this year, the sky is not right for me behind the lighthouse itself. The sky that I want is in another direction. After helping various participants, I carefully clamber down the slippery rocks to find a spot I like for my composition. This may well be added to my all-time Continue reading 

Summertime Maine, Day 03

8 Aug
 

Summertime Maine, Day 03

Part Way Through

Maine is so far east in the time zone that the mornings are early. That said, it is worth getting up at the beastly hours to get the shots we all get. We arrive at one of our favorite harbors, and this greets my eye. The graphics, the reflections, the pier … it all comes together for me.© 2015 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time. data-recalc-dims=

I have known this area for so many decades, and I have photographed it so many times. Arnie has certainly visited here many times now, too. We challenge ourselves each time to not repeat a shot. That said, I am continually looking for the light. The morning dew on this dingy, rubber-ducky dinghy catches my fancy. I look for a pattern that pleases me.© 2015 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usag, oe and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time. data-recalc-dims=

Arnie and I are impressed with many of the images our participants are making. Critiques are thoughtful, and discussions interesting. We were hoping to head over to another peninsula, but the doppler radar is not encouraging, so we change our location. Does it ever rain? No, now that we have switched everything, the weather is just fine except for one short period when a dark cloud comes by and very lightly sprinkles on us. The sky, however, behind the lighthouse really works for me.© 2015 Margo Taussig Pinkerton.  All Rights Reserved.  From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures.  For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. east-coast time.

We continue to photograph, but it is time to head off to our fish shack for dinner, as they close at 9:00, and everyone needs and wants to eat.

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